Scholarships and Financial Aid

Graduate Merit Scholarships

M.B.A./M.S. Merit Scholarships are awarded after a thorough review of the information provided in the candidate's admissions application. All candidates who submit a completed admissions application to the M.B.A. or M.S. in Accounting programs by March 1 will be given full consideration for a graduate merit scholarship; no separate scholarship application is required. In most cases, recipients of merit scholarships will be notified of their awards by April 15.

Graduate Endowed Scholarships

The following graduate scholarships were established by endowment gifts or bequests of alumni, family, faculty and friends of the School of Business. Endowed scholarships are awarded annually and in accordance with the intent of the donor.

  • John D. Amsterdam '69 M.B.A. Endowed Scholarship
    Awarded to an outstanding student who has earned a bachelor's degree from the School of Business who is entering one of the business school's master's programs, who has exhibited active involvement and leadership in the School of Business, and demonstrates financial need.
  • Elmer D. Robinson Scholarship
    Established in memory of honorary trustee Elmer D. Robinson by his family and friends. Awarded to an M.B.A. student with a grade point average of at least 3.0. Preference is given to a student from Tompkins County or a surrounding county. Financial need is not required.
  • Robert A. Ullrich M.B.A. Scholarship
    Established to honor the service and dedication of Robert Ullrich, who served as dean of the School of Business from 1998-2004. Awarded to a graduate of the School of Business who is entering one of the business school's master's programs with the highest undergraduate grade point average and who has demonstrated active involvement and leadership in the School of Business.

To be considered for the endowed scholarships listed above for AY18-19, a separate application for each scholarship must be submitted by March 9, 2018, 3:00pm. To apply, please follow the instructions listed on the main endowed scholarship page: you have any questions, contact Maria Haner, Administrative & Financial Operations Manager, at or 607-274-3341 before the application deadline. Note: endowed scholarships are separate from application to the graduate programs and general graduate merit scholarships. Do not include an endowed scholarship application with your program application. See the sidebar for links to endowed scholarship applications.

Candidates are responsible for checking their financial aid eligibility and making sure they meet all scholarship criteria before applying. To be considered for all types of aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed each year. The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 1, and there are some additional requirements for new students, graduate students and New York State residents. To get started, go to for information on graduate student financial aid opportunities and requirements.

NOTE: The MBA program does not currently offer graduate assistantships.

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Endowed Scholarship Applications:

Deadline Reminders:

Merit Scholarships: apply to the MBA or MSA programs by March 1, 2018 (no separate application needed)

Endowed Scholarship Applications: March 9, 2018, 3:00pm

Financial Aid Priority Filing: March 1, 2018